Yes, Jonathan did get his wish


Yesterday we told you how excited we were about the reunion today between heart/kidney transplant patient Jonathan Sadowski and his care team.

The reunion was wonderful – many of Jonathan’s nurses were in attendance, as well as his heart transplant specialist Dr. Greg Ewald, his coordinator Cindy Pasque, and Gene Ridolfi, who is Director of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Transplant Center.

Both KSDK and Fox2 were in attendance, and will be showing the reunion tonight on the 5:00 news, so be sure to watch or set your DVR’s. We’ll be putting together a short video in the coming weeks with an interview with Jonathan at home with his parents, but in the meantime check out some photos from today’s very special reunion below!

Christine Sadowski (Jonathan's mom), Cindy Pasque, Dr. Greg Ewald, Jonathan, Lauren Southwick, Meredith Kuhlmann, Greg Nanos

Jonathan and Dr. Ewald

Christine presenting Dr. Ewald with an original print donated by artist & family member Ron Fleshman

Jonathan and Dr. Ewald

Nurse Greg Nanos shares a special moment with Jonathan

And the answer to the question is yes, Jonathan DID get his wish. He is back on the ice, playing hockey. And don’t worry, because it’s a no-hitting league so he’s not in any danger of getting “checked.”

Did Jonathan get his wish?


A little over a year ago, we interviewed a young man who was very sick. He was on the transplant list, hoping to receive not only a new kidney, but also a new heart.

As our coworker Scott mentioned last week, Jonathan scored a “hat trick” when it comes to hearts. He’s had three – the one he was born with, a second one transplanted while he was still a baby, and his third one, which he received last year.

The term “hat trick” was made popular in the United States by way of hockey. It is used to describe a positive feat three times during a game. In the game of life, Jonathan has scored three times with three hearts.

It’s also fitting to use the term hat trick as hockey is something Jonathan loves to play. As he got sicker over the years, shortness of breath and tiredness made him take a time out from playing non-contact hockey.

Jonathan and his family are making a special trip to the hospital tomorrow, where they will be reunited with members of his care team – nurses, coordinators, physicians and more. He was a “regular” in the ICU for many weeks prior to his transplant, and as many transplant patients and families can attest to, you really get to know your caregivers on an intimate level, especially when you’re preparing for a transplant, let alone two.

It will be a special reunion for the caregivers as well – many of them don’t get to see their patients after they’ve received their transplants.

The big question is, did Jonathan get his wish to play hockey again? We’ll be filming the reunion and will have an answer for you later this week – in the meantime, get to know this special guy in the video below:


Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure announces co-chairs


The Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure, of which the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is a platinum sponsor, announced their co-chairs for the 13th annual event which will be held downtown St. Louis.

Davis and Jane Payne and Cam Janssen of the St. Louis Blues will serve as honorary co-chairs for the event that’s become the largest Race for the Cure in the world.

Davis Payne, the head coach of the St. Louis Blues hockey team, and his wife Jane are long-time supporters of the fight against breast cancer. Jane’s mother fought breast cancer, who is one of many people for whom they are honored to take up the position of co-chair.

Cam Janssen, who has been a professional hockey player since 2002 and on the St. Louis Blues’ roster since 2008, is pleased to accept the honor as co-chair.

To read more, go here.


Get the jump on what it takes to play ice hockey


What do slap shots, deking, and face-offs have in common? They are all ice hockey moves that require a level of dexterity, speed, and endurance unique to this sport.

If you’ve ever been to a live hockey game, it takes a great amount of skill just watching the sport – keeping up with where the puck is demands ocular dexterity as well.

Ice hockey combines the speed and endurance of sports such as basketball and soccer, but also demands the full-contact element of football.  Ice hockey players are exceptional athletes in that they can combine speed and raw power to win the game.

Dr. Rick Wright, and orthopedic surgeon at Barnes-Jewish and team doctor for the St. Louis Blues, teamed up with Isak Quakenbush from the St. Louis Bandits on what it takes to play hockey, the types of injuries that are typically associated with the sport, and the protective gear that helps keep the players from ending up on his table. To read more, go here.


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